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26 April 2016 Relationships key to devolution success

With the majority of central government sitting behind the Treasury when it comes to buying into the devolution agenda, what will the long term relationship between central and local government look like?

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1 July 2015 Good news for public cooperation

The decision of the Supreme Court published today in the Edenred case will be music to public bodies’ ears. For a lot of practitioners it is a slightly surprising decision but the fact that it has been made by the highest court in England gives it significant weight. It relates to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) arrangement between HM Treasury and National Savings and Investments to support the new Tax-free Childcare (TFC) scheme. NS&I have a contract with Atos for many of the back office services required. For the TFC scheme, the Atos contract had to be varied. In summary the Supreme Court held:

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23 September 2014 New procurement regulations delayed until 2015

It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for! In an announcement made yesterday, the Cabinet Office has confirmed that implementation of the new public procurement regulations in England and Wales will be delayed until 2015.

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6 December 2013 The pressure’s off?

The Autumn Statement 2013 this week brought with it a whiff of positive news for some parts of the public sector, with the announcement that there will be no further cuts to local authority budgets.

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20 September 2013 Deal or no deal

Should a City Deal or a Growth Deal be given priority at the moment? The general lack of movement on the finalisation of the Wave 2 City Deals and recent comments from local authority officials, suggest that this is one dilemma currently facing Whitehall.

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20 September 2013 EU court clarifies state aid assistance rules to NPDOs

When does assistance to a non-profit distributing organisation (NPDO) constitute state aid? A recent decision of the EU General Court has helped to clarify this by looking at the transfer of land for nil consideration from the German government to environmental NPDOs.

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20 September 2013 Lighting up standards

Trade unions are in the spotlight again today.

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29 May 2013 Hot and cold

A couple of weeks ago the D2N2 LEP announced that it had a first draft of a proposed merger with Leicester and Leicestershire LEP which sits comfortably with the drive from central government for more joined up thinking from neighbouring LEPs.

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23 May 2013 Getting in a pickle over 100 000

Mr Pickles will not be a happy man following the decision last night of Lambeth LBC to retain their current policy for agreeing salaried positions and payouts of more than £100,000.

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21 May 2013 The 39 LEPs

The now oft-quoted 39 may no longer be the correct number if the members of 2 LEPs take forward the proposals set out in an options paper drawn up by the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire LEP, D2N2.

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